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Nathan Horton needs shoulder surgery

Nathan Horton, about to be an unrestrict-ed free agent, was vague about his future.
Nathan Horton, about to be an unrestrict-ed free agent, was vague about his future.BILL GREENE/GLOBE STAFF

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Nathan Horton is on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent July 5, one of the few members of the Bruins core not locked up. But given the way general manager Peter Chiarelli talked about it Wednesday, re-signing him remains a priority.

“I hope so,” Chiarelli said. “I’ve told him that I’d like him to come back.”

There is one thing that’s certain, though. Horton will need offseason shoulder surgery — the only Bruin, Chiarelli said, who is certain to go under the knife.

Horton has a dislocated shoulder, which popped out in the first overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

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